Disability awareness day at UAC

2018-07-04 06:02

ACCORDING to the Umvoti Municipality IDP 2012/2013, only 2.8% of residents have tertiary education, 23.5% secondary education and 37% have primary education — obviously there is a tremendous need for improvement all round, and even more so for people with disabilities. The Umvoti Aids Centre, which is very involved in many aspects of community upliftment, is taking action to assist.

There are 22 children with different disabilities at the Ubuhlebomvoti Special School, which has been based at the Umvoti Aids premises since 2016.

The school, which was established in 2010, has struggled to find a suitable permanent venue and UAC general manager Sithu Mchunu said that the two teachers have been doing an incredible job of teaching and caring for the children for the past eight years on a purely voluntary basis — relying solely on donations to maintain operations.

Sithu told the Greytown Gazettethat this the reason why her organisation had taken a decision to make the school a part of the centre.

She said: “We also feel it is important for our rural community to be educated and made aware of all the opportunities that are available for people living with disabilities, as well as the many ways they can be cared for, understood and made to feel part of the community at large.”

The centre’s ultimate goal is to build a special needs school to level the playing field for these children to enable them to have hope and a productive future.

Therefore, a disability awareness day is to be held at the centre on August 17 at 10 am to which all those interested are invited to attend.

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